Kick-off: 2000, 13/02/2023
TV: Sky Sports
Sean Dyche has brought belief back to Everton and they are fancied to pick up another crucial Premier League point at Liverpool.
Six of the last 11 top-flight Merseyside derbies have ended in stalemate, while Dyche had a decent record at Anfield as Burnley boss.
The Clarets picked up a win and two draws from their last five visits to this venue.
Punters can get 16/5 for this contest to finish all square and that is our first Liverpool vs Everton prediction.
Liverpool have gone four league games without a win since the turn of the year after being thumped 3-0 at Wolves last time out.
Joel Matip’s own goal set the tone for an awful defeat, with Craig Dawson adding an early second and Ruben Neves also on target to leave the Reds languishing in 10th place in the table.
“The start to the game was horrible,” moaned Jurgen Klopp. “It was the opposite of what we should do.
“I can’t explain it – it cannot happen. We caused the problems ourselves.
“How can I not be concerned? I cannot sit here and think we did well. The first 12 minutes is not allowed and we did it anyway.
“The team is not full of confidence, you can see that, but the first 12 minutes is about defending, being compact and active. Do you need a lot of confidence for that? I’m not so sure.”
There has also been a 3-1 defeat at Brentford and a 3-0 drubbing at Brighton during the current poor run of league results.
Liverpool’s only point of 2023 was secured via a cagey goalless stalemate versus Chelsea and another tight tussle could be on the cards here.
Looking at the 19/4 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time.
Last Liverpool line-up: Alisson, Gomez, Robertson, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Thiago, Keita, Bajcetic, Salah, Gakpo, Nunez.
Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara is a doubt with a hip problem. Diogo Jota could make his first appearance since October after a calf injury while Roberto Firmino (also calf) and Virgil van Dijk (hamstring) are edging closer to returns.
Dyche looked a natural fit for Everton’s relegation battle and he certainly made an instant impact.
Frank Lampard finished off with a 10-match winless run but the Toffees put that behind them by upsetting leaders Arsenal at Goodison Park.
James Tarkowski headed in the only goal of the game on the hour mark from a Dwight McNeil corner, both former Burnley players.
“I think the way we played is just exactly what the manager wants,” said Tarkowski. “It’s very straightforward with the manager.
“He gets you to work hard, gets you together as a team, makes you hard to beat, but he wants you to show that personality out on the pitch, that you are a team and together.
“He’s not a complicated manager. He’s very simple, very straightforward, so it’s not hard to buy into what he’s about.
“You’ve seen it already after a week’s work that pretty much everyone has bought into it already.
“But we’ve got to keep building on that and it will be down to working hard again and we’ll all go into next week’s game and we’ll look forward to it.”
Everton physically bullied the title favourites and will seek to do the same to Liverpool’s ageing midfield and fragile defence.
Let’s add 27/4 for a 1-1 draw to our Liverpool vs Everton betting tips.
Last Everton line-up: Pickford, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Coleman, Coady, McNeil, Onana, Doucoure, Iwobi, Gueye, Calvert-Lewin.
Striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is a major doubt with a hamstring problem. Midfielder James Garner (back) and defender Ben Godfrey (knee) are back in full training, while right-back Nathan Patterson is stepping up his rehabilitation from a knee injury.
(Assist: Darwin Núñez)
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